Equus

Eric Whitacre (2 gennaio 1970): Equus per coro e orchestra (2000). Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The BBC Singers e The BBC Symphony Chorus diretti dall’autore.

«I wanted to write a moto perpetuo, a piece that starts running and never stops (equus is the Latin word for horse) and would also be a virtuosic show piece for winds. The final result is something that I call “dynamic minimalism”, which basically means that I love to employ repetitive patterns as long as they don’t get boring» (Eric Whitacre).


Whitacre

Nell’oscurità

John Dowland (2 gennaio 1563 - 1626): In darkness let me dwell, ayre. Ellen Hargis, soprano; Jacob Heringman, liuto; Mary Springfels, viol.
Capolavoro di Dowland, il brano fu pubblicato dal figlio del compositore, Robert (1591 - 1641), nella raccolta A Musicall Banquet. Furnished with a varietie of delicious Ayres, Collected out of the best Authors in English, French, Spanish and Italian (Londra 1610).

In darkness let me dwell; the ground shall sorrow be,
The roof despair, to bar all cheerful light from me;
The walls of marble black, that moist’ned still shall weep;
My music, hellish jarring sounds, to banish friendly sleep.
Thus, wedded to my woes, and bedded in my tomb,
O let me living die, till death doth come, till death doth come.


Dowland, Idlmd